Make Your Text Look Good!
As an InfoBarrel writer who is starting to become established, I wanted to share some InfoBarrel interface tips that I have started using to make my articles look good. Use some of them; use all of them, but most of all use the ones that make your articles look GOOD!
The interface that InfoBarrel uses for text editing is quite common, the same tricks might also help you in your niche websites (if you use a CMS like WordPress) other crowdsourcing sites or even in your word processing. Good looking articles mean people read your articles for longer and the longer someone stays, the more time that they spend subconsciously looking at your advertising.
We are going to look specifically at the features that you can find on the toolbar of your InfoBarrel editing interface and how they can make your articles look good as well as inform.
I have to point out that using these tricks will not make you an Internet sensation overnight, however desperate you are to buy a new top-end graphics card.... like me.... someone please buy it for me. But either way I have to make it clear that if your article is a flop, you can not blame my formatting.
1. Using Tables for Images
Lots of people use images in their articles. It would be difficult to expect everyone to be able to vector or photograph everything they need for their article so websites such as FreeDigitalPhotos.net (who I use) and other websites pop up to supply you with lots of imaging.
Most of the photo and image resource websites that offer royalty-free images usually do so under the proviso that you plug them with an image credit. One way to make sure that your credit looks clean and tidy is to use a table in your article.
By placing a table of 1 Column and 2 Rows you can create a placeholder for your picture in the top box and your credit underneath; a method of crediting a free image generally accepted by the companies offering royalty-free images. Placing images in the tables box is as easy as dragging and dropping just like you would normally, the image automatically resizing your table for you.
Dr_E has previously written an article on how to use images in your articles if you are not sure of that step already.
My Tip for Images in Tables
When I create a table. I will usually set the Cell Padding at 10 to leave a nice clean border around the image and defining where it is; I don't use the Border option though as I have another use for that! Don't forget that you can also use features such as alignment to layout your tables for extra effectiveness.
If you have a really important point to get across then you can use the table feature to make your point with a strong border around it. This can be a powerful feature and putting too many into your article will make it look garish and people will click away. Using it for really important points makes it stand out and can have impact.
In the image on the left, we are going to make a simple 1x1 table with a border of 5 and centred. It does not matter what the size of the table because this will adapt to whatever we put in it; in this case it will be some text.
What matters to us is the border and fact that it has a single cell.
Using the Settings in the image above creates a box like this.
By varying the settings you can allow your border to have minimal nagging impact or big, bold and bulky.
While you may consider deep-linking to your other articles or to an Amazon affiliate link, you may not always consider linking within the article you are writing. If your article has lots of points (like the four we have here) then you could allow your reader to fast-forward to the one they are interested in; less un-interesting information to read through first and hopefully less chance they click away before getting to what they want to read.
Anchors work in a similar way that linking does for external websites except that while web URL's are already in place, you have to create your own anchors using the InfoBarrel editing interface and clicking on (obviously) the anchor. Place your text cursor where you want the anchor and press on the anchor button on the user interface and a simple pop up will ask you to name your anchor. A small image will appear where you have placed your anchor - like in the image to the left and that is where your reader will be taken to.
You will have already seen examples of anchors in this article; where I listed the content we cover in this article, complete with a link.
To Link to Your Anchor
To create a link to your anchor you highlight the piece of text you want to link and click on the same button as to create a link (the chain icon) where a pop-up appears offering a range of link options including a list of anchors in your article. The second option in the pop-up is where you can select from a list of anchors.
The last point is more about text size than making sure you have a disclaimer in every article. I like to use small print to place a humourous disclaimer where one would not necessarily be needed, like the above about the effectiveness of my tips.
Changing text size can be for any reason though. I find that some of my articles look more appropriate a size smaller than the InfoBarrel default where in this one I have only decided to do it for my disclaimer and the Disclaimer anchor long URL above... and I bet you did not notice I had done that either.
if you have to write something your article can do without (like a disclaimer) then do it as small as possible so not everyone will read it; ensuring you do not spoil their enjoyment of your article.
Go - Make Your Own Magic Articles
Wether you make your credits more prominent, your BIG HITTING POINTS more definitive or even make a crazy number of internal links; hopefully at least one of these tips will help you make your article easier to read and understand, and more likely to get those all important clicks.
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